Obituary: Randy Byers

Seattle fan Randy Byers (b.1960) died on November 20. Byers co-edited the fanzine Chunga with Andy Hooper and Carl Juarez and won the 2007 Best Fanzine Hugo for Science Fiction Five-Yearly with co-editors Lee Hoffman and Geri Sullivan. ChungaAlternative Pants. Byers was the 2003 TAFF delegate to Seacon 03 in Britain.

Obituary: Ben Solon

Chicago Fan Ben Solon (b.1946) died on October 26. In addition to attending Chicago area conventions, Solon published the fanzine Nyarlathotep. Solon helped stock the consuite for Ditto 14 in Bloomington, IL in 2001.

Obituary: Julian May

Author Julian May (b.1931) died on October 17. May entered fandom in her late teens and published the fanzine Interim Newsletter. Her first professional sale, “Dune Roller,” appeared in Astounding in 1951, including original illustrations by May. In 1952, she chaired the TASFIC in Chicago, becoming the first woman to chair a Worldcon. She married author Ted Dikty in 1953 and sold the story “Star of Wonder” before dropping out of science fiction and fandom for several years. With the exceptions of two episodes of the “Buck Rogers” comic strip, she focused on writing for encyclopedias and non-fiction books under a variety of pseudonyms. In 1972, “Dune Roller” was filmed as The Cremators. She returned to science fiction in 1976 when she attended Westercon 29. The costume she wore at the convention made her start thinking about the character’s background and grew into the six book Galactic Milieu series. She also wrote the four book Saga of the Pliocene Exile and collaborated on the Trillium series with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. Health issues prevented May from participating in a panel with the living chairs of the other Chicago Worldcons in 2012, and in 2015 she was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Dian Crayne

LA fan Dian Crayne (b.Dian Girard, 1942) died on October 4. Crayne was a member of LASFS and the group Future Unbounded, which was formed to run F-UNCon in 1968 and the 1969 Westercon. In 1964, she published The Game of Fandom, a boardgame about fandom at the time which included references to several active fans. In the 1960s, she was married to Bruce Pelz and their divorce party inspired Larry Niven’s story “What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers.” She subsequently was married to Chuck Crayne until his death in 2009.

Obituary: Jenni Tyynelä

Finnish academic Jenni Tyynelä died on October 4 following a battle with cancer. Tyynelä was a scholar at the University of Tampere in Finland and was working on her PhD. She was active in Finnish SF study circles and was an attendee at conventions and academic conferences, including ICFA in Orlando, FL.

Obituary: Milt Stevens

Los Angeles fan Milt Stevens (b.1942) died on October 2. Stevens was active in LASFS, serving in most of the clubs offices at various times. He was worked at numerous conventions and chaired LA 2000 (the first LosCon), Westercon 33, and LA Con II, the largest Worldcon based on on-site numbers. Stevenss published several fanzines over the years, including APAzines All Digression Weekly, Crypt of Ennui, Opus, and others. He received the Evans-Freehafer Award in 1971 and was Guest of Honor at Loscon 9 in 1982 and Westercon 61 in 2008.

Obituary: Bill Surrett

Chicago area fan Bill Surrett (b.c.1947) died on October 2. Surrett attended and volunteered at several Midwestern conventions, including Windycon, Capricon, and Chicon. He could often be seeing working in the dealers room at the various conventions.

Obituary: Baron Dave Romm

Fan Dave E Romm (b.1955) died around September 15/6. Dave was active in Minneapolis fandom and was an avid photographer, taking pictures of various Minicons and other conventions he was able to get to. He traveled to Antarctic in 2005 and wrote about his experience in Argentus. He also hosted Shockwave Radio Theatre on KFAI-AM and archived the podcasts on his website. Romm became a baron of the micro-country of Ladonia in 2001.

Hank Reinhardt Award

This year’s Hank Reinhardt Award was presented to Jennifer Liang. The Reinhardt Award is given out each year to a Georgian author, artist, or fan who has made outstanding contributions to the genre. Liang is the chair of JordanCon and serves at the Director of the High Fantasy Track at Dragon Con. She has also served as President of the Southern Fandom Confederation. The Award has been presented since 1990, when it was called the Georgia Fandom Award and given to Hank Reinhardt. The name was changed in 2009 to further honor Reinhardt, who died in 2007.

First Fandom Awards

The First Fandom Awards were presented at Worldcon 75 on August 11 during the Hugo Ceremony.

  • First Fandom Hall of Fame Award: Les and Es Cole
  • First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame: Jim Harmon
  • Sam Moskowitz Archive Award: Jon Swartz